Overall, 2012 was a great year for music. It was a year for innovative breakthroughs and wonderful follow-up records. The originality of last year’s music was manifested in the various means artists used to fuse and diversify genres. The following is a list of my favourite albums and EP’s of last year, in no particular order.
1. Jose James: No Beginning No End
Delicious melting pot of jazz, soul, hip-hop and electronic. Jose’s voice and lyricism lends a deep sensuality to the record.
2. Beach House: Bloom
The magnetic fusion of dark, hypnotic vocals and psychadelic electronic instrumentation. Melancholic and inspiring. Paves the way for the future of Beach House.
3. Flume: Flume
Electronic beat making at its finest. The collaborative artists that appear on this record diversify and complement it, fusing together their unique voices with Flume’s instrumentation.
4. Frank Ocean: Channel Orange
Articulate, raw and innovative. Ocean’s debut pushes the boundaries of hip-hop and Rnb. A real storyteller.
5. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream
Confessional. Beautiful sincerity and sensitivity in Miguel’s voice and lyricism.
6. Hiatus Kaiyote: Tawk Tomahawk
Enigmatic vocalist and instrumentation. A kaleidocope of jazz, neo-soul and electronic, with a touch of latin. A universal sound.
7. Alpine: A is for Alpine
One of the best live gigs I have ever seen. Sensual, alluring and harmonious. Phoebe and Louise have an amazing synergy, complemented perfectly by the synth-pop instrumentation.
8. Chet Faker: Thinking in Textures
Faker’s voice alone is enough to make this list. Pure, soulful and raw. Add a couple of synthesisers and you have the wonderful bearded Chet Faker.
9. The xx: Coexist
A wonderful follow-up record. Not many artists can produce an equally matched and consistent second album. Collectively, Coexist is more melancholic than its predecessor, a succesful transition in experimentalism. This record never fails to give me goosebumps.
10. Tame Impala: Lonerism
Reminiscent of 60′s psychadelia. Dreamy and distorted. Leaves the listener in a state of euphoria.